7 Smart Strategies for Acing Your New Year Resolutions in 2023

David Onu, MD
5 min readJan 5

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As we kick off the new year, it’s natural to feel excited and motivated to set and accomplish new goals.

But let’s be honest, we’ve all made New Year resolutions in the past that have fizzled out by February. Research shows that most of us fail to follow our New Year plans.

For instance, many people who have fitness as their goal, abandon their gym memberships after the first few sessions. But that doesn’t have to be the case. I will show you the smart way to get better results in 2023.

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

Bill Gates

What are the top New Year resolutions for 2023?

According to a YouGov poll conducted on 16–21 December 2022, the top six New-Year resolutions set by Americans for 2023 are:

  1. Improvement of physical health (20%)
  2. Saving more money (20%)
  3. Exercising more (19%)
  4. Eating healthier (18%).
  5. Being happier (17%)
  6. Losing weight (17%)
A bar chart showing the top New Year resolutions in 2023
Image Source: https://today.yougov.com/topics/society/articles-reports/2022/12/28/americans-new-years-resolutions-2023-poll

Common reasons why people fail to follow through on New Year resolutions?

  • Attempting to make many significant life changes and taking on too many tasks. Remember that “Rome was not built in a day.” A better approach would be to tackle one weakness at a time. Once achieved, you can focus on another goal.
  • Failure to mentally prepare oneself before setting a New-Year resolution increases failure rates. Ideally, it would help if you started by reviewing the past year.
David Onu, MD

I’m an Australian Specialist Medic who inspires people through my writing to grow their relationships, whether married or single and be healthy. davidonu.com